MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Deputies arrested three people in connection with a home invasion and robbery in Toney. Initially the victims led police in the wrong direction, but those tips brought sheriff’s deputies to close family members of the actual suspects who were able to locate the offenders.
A lot of times and what people don’t understand it is our job is to find out what the truth is," said Madison County Sheriff's Investigator Brent Patterson, "and when you’ve got people pointing fingers over here we’re there to prove whether there’s guilt or innocence. So when the victims give us this information whether it be two or three victims or two or three offenders, our job is to get out there and find out what exactly took place and how it happened."
Wednesday night, deputies arrested 18-year-old Cedric Devon Rembert and 20-year-old Devonte Kesean Nance, along with a juvenile. The three are charged with burglary.
Patterson says the offenders' family members were more than cooperative in acquiring justice following the early morning invasion.
From what I understand," said Patterson, "the family members were happy that it happened like it did because we were able to locate these individuals who were responsible for this crime quicker than normal."
Deputies responded to a home at 173 Ginnery Row just after 7 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators say the homeowner told them three people forced their way into the home around 5:30 a.m. and assaulted a 16-year-old girl visiting the home.
Deputies say the homeowner also reported one of the suspects forced him from the home, then drove him to an ATM to withdraw money. Investigators tell us the homeowner was able to escape and return to the home. Though the incident caused fear within the community, Investigator Patterson wants to help ease worrisome minds.
"Anytime you have a crime like this in any community it’s going to cause people to be alarmed. But we want the public to know that we got the right people and they are in jail."
Deputies say more charges could be filed in this case.